Kevin's Art Collection
copyright Kevin Daniel 2007-14

    I like a lot of different styles of painting. I have had an active interest in art for the past few years, and my tastes are still evolving as I learn and live with my growing collection. I do not collect as an investment but for the fun of it and to feed my enjoyment for doing research and learning. Here are some of my favorites. By the way, I am NOT the wildlife artist of the same name.


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Elizabeth L. Baum painting

unnamed, Elizabeth L. Baum, 12" x 16", oil on canvas














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"Portrait of Phyllis", Robert Lohman, 24" x 14", oil,1972-73


    Robert Lohman was born 20 May 1919 in Indianapolis, Indiana. I have not been able to identify him in census records. He may have been the son of Fred and Olive Lohman of Indianapolis. Fred was a residential electrician. Robert Lohman was a sculptor and painter. These three paintings were offered as a lot on ebay by an Indianapolis auction house after they failed to sell at their live auction. I really like "Portrait of Phyllis" which is I why I bid on the lot. They were advertised as "three portraits of Phyllis", but I doubted that, as only the one above is titled on the back and I did not see much resemblance between the three women. The other two are well done, but not remarkable. My suspicion was confirmed when I received an email from the subject of the painting, Phyllis Fry. Her in-laws lived across the street from Mr. Lohman. He painted at least two portraits of her, a large 3' by 4' full length portrait and mine. The larger portrait was done about 1972 and mine was probably done about the same time.




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unnamed, Robert Lohman, 9.25" x 7.25", oil


    Lohman received a DFA from the John Herron School of Art in 1941 and BFA Milliken in 1942.,He won the Milliken Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship in 1941 for his work as a sculptor. Not sure what the DFA signifies. Since it was awarded before the BFA I assume it was not a Doctor of Fine Arts. Lohman received a prize from the Herron Art Museum for a sculpture. He did graduate work at the Cranbrook Academy and Yale University. He assisted Carl Miles at the Cranbrook Academy and became the Director of Fine Arts there 1947-1949. He later taught at Washington University in St. Louis and at the Indianapolis Art League for 10 years.




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unnamed, Robert Lohman, 12" x 8", oil, 1971



    He worked in ceramics, wood, watercolors, and oils and in a variety of styles from realism to abstract. He seems to have received the most recognition for his sculptures. He exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1942. Lohman is listed in Who Was Who in American Art by Falk.
    Lohman died on 24 December 2001 in Indianapolis. A large body of his work came onto the market in 2009, possibly as the result of the death of a relative.





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Examples of Lohman's signature











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"South of Mesa Verde", La Von Whitmire, 12" x 16.5", watercolor

    Lavon Whitmire was born on 27 July 1905 in Washington Township, Hendricks County, Indiana a daughter of Everett Mickler and Minnie M. Frazee Whitmire. Everett was working as a dairy farm laborer in 1900, a dairy farmer in 1910, and as a carpenter/contractor in 1920 and 1930. Lavon was in her parent's home from 1910-1930, but in 1930 was employed as a public school teacher in Indianapolis. The Whitmire family moved from Washington Township, Hendricks County, Indiana to Indianapolis by September 1918.




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    Her name appears as "Lavon" in census records, but as "La Von" in other, later records associated with her work as an artist. She may have used the later spelling professionally. She studied with William Forsyth, Frederick Fursman, Eliot O'Hara, and Francis Chapin. She was an alumni of the Herron Art School and had a Bachelor of Arts degree. Whitmire was a member of the Indiana Artists Club, Prattlers Club (Indianapolis), and Western Art Association. She was a painter, graphic artist, and teacher. She worked as an art teacher at the T. Washington High School in Indianapolis. She exhibited at the Herron Art Institute where she won a prize in 1939. She is mentioned in Who Was Who in American Art by Falk.
    La Von Whitmire died on 6 October 1997 in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana.




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"Ohio Barn", Wilbur Meese, 19.5" x 26", watercolor


    Wilbur W. Meese was born 25 December 1910 in Saint Joseph, Champaign County, Illinois, a son of James and Lora McKinney Meese. James Meese was a farmer. Wilbur Meese was a painter in watercolors. He studied at Circle Art Academy, Butler University, and Cleveland Art Institute. He also studied under George Jo Mess and Gordon Mess. He exhibited at the Indiana Watercolor Society and the Hoosier Salon. He won prizes at numerous exhibitions including the Indiana State Fair, Hoosier Salon, and Indiana Artists Club amongst others. Meese worked as a commercial artist, a package designer and became Art Director and Manager of Advertising Design for Eli Lilly and Company. He was married to Ella Jean Ward in 1946.
    He was a member and past president of the Indiana Artists Club, a founding member and past president of the Art Directors club of Indiana and a charter member and first president of the Watercolor Society of Indiana in 1983 where an award in his name was created by that society. Meese's work is held by numerous corporate and private collections, and Purdue, Indiana State and Indiana Universities. Meese won numerous awards including at the Hoosier Salon, the Indiana Artists Club, the Watercolor Society of Indiana and the Kentucky Watercolor Society.
    Meese is mentioned in Who Was Who in American Art by Falk, Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide, The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis by Bodenhamer, and other reference books.



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"Yellow Ocher Victorian", Wilbur Meese, 19" x 23", watercolor

    Both of these paintings came from the collection of Dr. and Mrs. Joe (Mary) Bader who lived in Indianapolis and were acquainted with Meese. Dr. Bader worked at Eli Lilly from 1966 until 1979. "Ohio Barn" was purchased in March 1975 at a charity auction to which Meese had donated it. "Yellow Ocher Victorian" was also purchased about 1975. Meese's work was selected as the cover art for the Indianapolis telephone directory in 1976.
    



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Cover art by Wilbur Meese


    Meese died 28 August 1998 in Indianapolis, Indiana and he and his wife are buried in the Washington Park North Cemetery, Indianapolis.










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"Oregon coast, near Yachats", Charles Councell, 23" x 16", watercolor

    Charles Clemmens Councell was born 9 January 1896 in Marion, Indiana, the son of John Breckenridge Councell and Lucy Belle Moore. John B. Councell worked at numerous occupations, as a farmer, salesman, clerk in a filling station, etc. Charles C. Councell was a painter, sculptor, and architect. Councell served as a 2nd Lieutenant in Headquarters Company, 139th Field Artillery from October 1917 through 1 January 1919. I have read that he served in the Cavalry in France during WWI but have not found a record to support this. The 139th Field Artillery was stationed in France from 6 October 1918 until sometime in January 1919. Councell's draft registration listed his occupation as "Candidate- Reserve Officers Corp" at Ft. Benjamin Harrison. Councell later attended the Art and Architecture School of the University of Illinois in where he earned a bachelor degree in 1923.
    After graduating from the U of I Councell was employed by the firm of Arthur K. McKee of Cleveland, Ohio. He married Mary  Marcy on 13 August 1926 in Cleveland. Councell later became an architectural engineer for the government and relocated to Washington, D.C. He designed numerous Federal buildings and had a role in the 1949-1952 renovation of the White House. During his time in Washington, D.C. he also worked as an artist, showing his work in several galleries. After retiring in 1960 he traveled to Europe to paint and published a book of his European sketches upon his return. The Councell's settled in Clemson, SC but made trips around the US and to Mexico and Central America.


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unnamed, Charles C. Councell, 12" x 18", oil


    Councell is mentioned in numerous art reference books including Who Was Who in American Art by Falk, Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide, Mallett's Index of Artists, and others. He was a student of Eliot O'Hara and exhibited at the Corcoran Art Gallery and Washington D.C. Watercolor Club. His work was part of the permanent collection of the National College of Fine Arts, now known as the National Museum of Fine Art.
    This watercolor and one other by Councell were purchased at an auction in Washington Courthouse, Ohio in 2008. They were part of a lot of 20-30 watercolors by Councell. The purchaser understood the lot to have been consigned by the nephew of the artist. The oil painting also came from a sale that took place after Councell's death, but I do not know if it was the same sale. I suspect it is also an Oregon scene, probably Broken Top Mountain, an extinct volcano, as seen from Three Creeks Lake. Councell had one sibling, a brother, William Moore Councell, born 31 December 1894. William married Atta Bernice Billiter on 20 August 1921 in Grant County, IN. They had at least one child, a daughter, Virginia A. William was a prominent athletic coach and educator in East Cleveland, Ohio. William M. Councell died on 14 May 1959 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
    Charles C. Councell died in August 1985 at Clemson, Pickens County, South Carolina and is buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Marion County, Indiana. After his death, his widow, Mary Brewster Marcy Councell, established the Charles Clemens Councell Memorial Fund in Architecture at the University of Illinois. Note that his middle name is spelled with one "m" for this fund. Two examples of his signature from WWI and WWII draft registration forms show the spelling with two "m's". Mary Councell died in Clemson, SC on 23 July 1998 at the age of 98.


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unnamed, W. A. Eyden, 8" x 13", watercolor gouache

   There were two William Arnold Eydens, father and son, and also a son and brother named Walter E. Eyden who is reported to have been an artist, so I have researched all three and include information about these men. I am pretty certain that this painting is by William Arnold Eyden Jr. I will add a better image of this painting when I get one.
    William Arnold Eyden Sr. was born in August 1859 in Hanover, Germany. Wilhelm Eyden arrived in New York on on 13 July 1868 with his mother Doris Eyden and siblings Helene, Johanna, and Johanne. Family tradition says that William's mother died on the voyage from Germany, but this is obviously incorrect. The 1880 census confirms that he was born in Hanover, Germany. He married Elvina Goodwin in 1880 in Wayne County, IN. She was born in January 1862 in Ohio a daughter of George and Luisa Goodwin. Their son Walter Earnest was born on 29 November 1881 in Richmond, Indiana. The Eydens were living in Richmond City, Wayne County, IN in 1880 with Elvina's parents where William was employed as a chair maker. William was employed as an artist in 1900 and 1910 in Richmond where the Eydens rented a home. Censuses show that the Eydens had six children but only Walter Earnest, Florence, and William A. Jr. appear in census records. William A. Eyden Sr. died 21 March 1919 in Richmond. W. A. Eyden Sr. was an early and prominent member of the Richmond Group of artists and a founding member of the Artists Association of Richmond. He is mentioned in Mallett's Index of Artists where he is misidentified as "William T. Eyden". He is also mentioned in Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide.
    William Arnold Eyden Jr. was born on 25 February 1893 in Richmond, Indiana. He was unmarried in 1920 and 1930 living with his mother in Richmond self employed as an artist. His brother Walter Earnest was married by 1910 and employed as a salesman in 1910-1930 censuses. It has been reported that Walter was also an artist but may not have made his living painting. I have found nothing to support the claim that Walter was an artist but it seems logical given his father and brother's occupations. William Eyden Jr. gave his brother as his contact for his WWII draft registration so he may not have married. At that time William was residing in Indianapolis, IN self employed as an artist at 201 Pennway Building. William Eyden Jr. studied with his father and with Theodore Steele, John Bundy, Daniel Garber, William Chase, and Charles Hawthorne. He also studied at the Art Student's League in New York City. Eyden reportedly lived in New York City and Asheville, North Carolina at various times.
I have seen one claim that Eyden maintained a gallery in New York for a decade or more but have not been able to confirm this. He was a painter in oils and watercolors and became prominent among the second generation of Richmond painters. Eyden was a member of numerous local and state artist organizations. He exhibited at several venues in Indiana and won numerous prizes. Eyden was an important art teacher and lecturer in Indiana and taught at Ball State Teacher's College, Indiana University and in public schools. He is best known for his Indiana landscapes, particularly those including beech trees. He also created New York cityscapes which I have seen examples of. William Eyden Jr. died on 16 September 1982 in Indianapolis, IN. He is mentioned in Who Was Who in American Art and Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide.  Eyden was very prolific.










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"Beach Walk", Pat Thompson, 9.5" x 19.5", acrylic

    Pat Thompson is a Rochester, Indiana artist who works mainly in acrylics. She brought her work to a local spring art show in 2008. She is largely a self taught artist though she did complete the North Light Art School course in 1998 and has attended various continuing education courses. She started to show her work in 1994 and quickly started to win prizes at these shows. She has a web site and a gallery in her home town. When I first saw this painting it reminded me of another painting that I like very much and that inspired me to add it to my collection, though I very much appreciate it on it's own merits as I am attracted by light and color and this has both. It is a view of a beach on the Gulf coast of Florida.








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unnamed, Frances H. Norris Streit, 11" x 14", watercolor


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unnamed, Frances H. Norris Streit, 9.5" x 12.5"

    Frances Hammond Norris Streit was born 23 May 1918 in Fulton County, Indiana the daughter of Elmer Lee and Faye Hammond Norris. Elmer Norris was a public school teacher and principal. Frances married George B. Streit and painted under both her maiden and married names. She attended the John Herron Institute of Art where she received a BFA in Art and later attended the State University of Iowa. She won several awards at the Herron Institute including a bronze medal for mural design from the Beaux Arts Institute of Architectural Design. She moved to New York in 1943 where she taught art and painted. She retired in 1973 and devoted her time to mural design. She won a competition against 50 other artists for the commission to paint the official portrait of Governor George N Craig of Indiana. She is reported to have exhibited at the Hoosier Salon.
    Streit is not well listed in art reference books, but is listed in Who's Who in America (2002), Who's Who in the East (1992, 1994), Indiana Artists by Flora Lauter, and Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide. These paintings are from her estate and one is not signed though both bear the estate stamp from the inventory of her estate. The one that is signed is signed "Norris", so both paintings are most likely her early work. Her portrait work that I have seen is much more polished and realistic in style. Mrs. Streit died 12 January 1997 in Merrick, New York where she had resided for many years.

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"Taxco", Howard Leigh, 14.5" x 19.75", watercolor, 1944    

    Howard Leigh was born 9 August 1896 at Franklin Crossroads, Hardin County, KY, near the present day city of Cecilia, a son of James F. and Grace Leigh. By 1900 his parents had moved to Spiceland, Henry County, Indiana where James owned a farm. James Leigh died and Grace married a farmer named Henry J. Foster about 1910. During his lifetime Howard Leigh was a well known lithographer, painter, etcher, and teacher. His WWI draft card notes that he had brown hair and blue eyes.



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"Queretero", Howard Leigh, 19" x 14.75", watercolor, 1945



    Leigh graduated from Spiceland Academy in 1914 and Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana in 1918 where he earned a degree in biology. While completing his degree he also pursued drawing and sketching in his spare time. His first work as an illustrator was a series of sketches of Richmond street scenes published in The Little Paper, a Richmond publication. Leigh also showed his work at the Richmond Art Club. He also created illustrations for the Arbutus, the year book of Indiana University in 1918.
    Martha Holt, a teacher at Spiceland Academy, was one of his early mentors as an artist. He also studied under John Albert Seaford and George Herbert Baker, both prominent Indiana artists. Leigh was accepted at Harvard Medical School in 1918 after graduating from Earlham and studied medicine with the intention of becoming a physician. However, after an exhibition of his sketches of Harvard buildings and local Boston scenes he was encouraged to pursue a career as an artist by fellow students and faculty. He also realized that his greatest enjoyment in studying medicine had been the opportunity to create scientific sketches. He left Harvard, moved to Paris, and enrolled at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts where he studied under Paul Maurou. While studying there, he was commissioned to work on a series of lithographs of buildings damaged during WWI and scenes from Paris and Rouen. A great many of these lithographs were purchased by the French Ministry of Fine Arts for the permanent collection of the Louvre after being shown at the Devamez Gallery in Paris. Upon completing his studies in Paris he returned to the US where the first major showing of his lithography work was at Goodspeed's Book Shop in Boston in 1919. This was followed by exhibitions throughout the 1920s at the Art Institute of Chicago, Anderson Galleries and Robert B. Mussman Gallery in New York, the Paris Salon, and Hoosier Salon, and numerous American and European cities. Leigh's lithography work was a critical and financial success.

    An article about his second show at the Anderson Galleries appeared in the New York Times in April 1921. Walter Brookes Spong was his co-exhibitor:

    In another room at the Anderson Galleries there opened last night the second annual exhibition of lithographs, etchings and dry points of the young artist Howard Leigh, which drew an interested audience of print lovers. Among the lithographs are the "Towers of Tale," "St. Patrick's," different views: "St. Thomas's," The Heckscher Building, in Construction," and Rheims Cathedral, the Ruined. Door," shown last year and of which only one print now remains. "The Harkness Yale" Mr. Leigh is to do in pastel. There are several studies of human figures in the etchings and dry points, Mr. Leigh's experience as a medical student for a time showing in the values of work In this line. Among the dry points is "The Fan," a part of the head and eyes of a woman showing above the faintly outlined fan. It is Miss Hilda Spong in "The Fan," and what she has said to be her best portrait.
    Mr. Leigh's work is being shown under the auspices of Mr. Grant and Miss Smith and will continue on view through to the 28th.


    Hilda Spong was a famous actress,  the daughter of artist Walter Brookes Spong. Though he worked in Europe in the early 1920s he also continued to work in Indiana and did several sketches for Earlham College and was active in the Richmond art scene. In 1925 he returned to Spiceland and announced his intention to paint scenes of Indiana. Leigh won the top prize for an oil painting at the Hoosier Salon in 1931. He worked briefly as a professor of art at Earlham in 1932 and 1933 before returning to traveling and painting. One of his favorite places was Mexico and he met and married Margarita Figueroa and the settled in her home town of Taxco. Leigh became very interested in the Zapotec civilization of Mexico and became a noted authority on their culture.
    Leigh remained an active supporter of Earlham College and donated many of his works and those of other artists to the college. Leigh stopped painting in the late 1950s, instead devoting his time to the study of Zapotec culture. Leigh died on 25 April 1981 in Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at Earlham College in 2002. Many thanks to Bridget Alexander Peters for her invaluable assistance in sharing her research about Mr. Leigh with me.








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"Glacier Park", Louis W. Bonsib, 10.5" x 11.5", watercolor

    Louis William Bonsib was born in Vincennes, Indiana on 10 March 1892, a son of John F. and Etta M. Griffith Bonsib. His father worked as a bicycle salesman and a merchant of household goods. The family was living in Knox County, Indiana in 1900 and 1910. Louis married Marietta A. Jacobs 14 April 1917 in Marion County, Indiana. He was employed as an engraving salesman in 1920 and as the president of an advertising company in 1930, which occupation he pursued for many years.

    Bonsib was active as a painter and teacher, serving as president of the Fort Wayne Art School in 1948 and 1949 He earned his AB Degree from Indiana University in 1916, and in 1971 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Vincennes University.
    He exhibited widely including the Hoosier Salon, Herron Art Institute, and Maine Art Museum in Ogunquit, Maine. His paintings are displayed in Fort Wayne public schools, Ft. Wayne Public Library, and at the Fort Wayne Art Museum. Seven paintings by Louis Bonsib are in the collection at the Indiana Memorial Union, one watercolor and six oil paintings. One, Evening in Autumn, was the first submission of Bonsib to the Hoosier Salon Exhibition in 1932. Bonsib is mentioned is Who Was Who in American Art by Falk, Who's Who in Art in various years, Mallett's Index of Artists, and Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide. He died in Ft. Wayne, Allen County, Indiana in Oct 1979.

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"Fall Landscape", Glenn F. Bastian, 20" x 20", oil

    Glenn Franklin Bastian was born 22 June 1890 in Fort Seneca, Ohio a son of James and Jeanette Dumont Bastian. His family, consisting of his parents, four brothers, and one sister, moved to Gas City, Indiana by 1900 where his father operated a boarding house. Glenn Bastian had many occupations; department store manager in 1910 in Gas City, clerk in a clothing store in Gary, Indiana in 1920, and a bank employee in Gary in the 1920s and 1930s. His WWI draft registration reports that he was 5' 9” tall , had black hair and blue eyes, weighed 140 lbs, and was employed as a "window trimmer" in Gary, Indiana. Glenn was a WWI veteran, which is confirmed by the 1930 Federal census and other records. According to the widow of Bastian's nephew, aged 93 in 2008, she believes he served in Germany, but worked in an office and was not involved in the fighting. 


Glenn Bastian

Glenn Bastian


   I have been very fortunate to hear from several of Mr. Bastian's relatives and they have shared many details about him. I include this excerpt from one email:

   First of all, Great Uncle Glenn served in the US Army during WWI and during the war he contacted tuberculosis. He was placed in a tuberculosis asylum in France. That is where his formal training as an artist began. He had always loved art and had a great natural talent for it so the doctors utilized this talent as a form of therapy. He stayed in the French asylum for over a year and when he grew strong enough was then sent to the asylum in Illinois where he continued to study art.

    His family mostly lived in Gas City, Indiana and he decided to build his studio/home there. He bought the property directly across the street (Main St) from his closest brother Karl and Karl’s wife Stella. (I have a newspaper with a story and pictures of the Spanish house that I will copy and send with the photos.) Uncle Glenn was a very private man but had a big sense of humor and a persona he used for the public which either impressed or scared them. While the house was being built he over heard Karl’s wife make the statement that his home would be perfect for her to “Host” some of her ladies’ groups…….not wishing as he put it to me “To be over run by a bunch of cackling females.” , he immediately told the builders that there would be NO kitchen in the house. The room that would have been a kitchen he had made into a “framing room” where he and his helpers would build frames for his art and stretch canvas.  He was in this fashion able to maintain his privacy and thwart his sister in law’s plans to “invade his space with her social tomfoolery”.

     He had a small kitchenette consisting of a hot plate and a small fridge in his studio and would walk down to the Avalon Cafe of evenings for his supper. He was a tall, very pale and gaunt gentleman. Very straight and distinguished in appearance. He always wore a dark suit with a crisp white dress shirt (Yes even when he painted….coat off and sleeves rolled up) and a gray and black Homburg hat. In cold weather he added a black long dress coat and depending on the weather he either carried a black walking cane with silver handle or his full length black umbrella and black dress gloves. He was quite a sight in the little town of Gas City, a striking figure that awed most of the adults and frightened most of the kids.  He found it quite amusing to see their faces when he passed by. He stopped driving back in the 50’s because of a frightening accident he had. From then on my father, Russell Bastian (his nephew –son of brother Karl) drove him everywhere and then when I got my driver’s license  he asked me to be his driver. I along with my cousin Glenda were his hostesses when he held his open houses for locals to come in a buy art. He would lower prices on a lot of his paintings because he felt everyone should be able to afford original pieces and hold these open houses once a year.

   One other piece of interest is that although much of his art is signed Glenn F Bastian, he actually just added the F because he thought it looked good. He did not have a middle name, which he was unhappy about because his brother Karl had 5 middle names. They laughed about it all the time, one had none and the other had too many.


    The last information about Mr. Bastian's middle name may have been a joke on the family, as his middle initial is given as "F." in the 1900 census, on his WWI Draft Registration Card in 1917 and his 1924 passport application, and his middle name is given as "Franklin" on his WWII Draft Registration Card, documents that he would have been unlikely to falsify. He was still living in Gary, Indiana when he completed the registration in 1942. His brother, Karl's, name was given as Karl C. L. Bastian in the 1900 census and on his WWI Draft Registration card, and as "Karl Clement Bastian" on his WWII Draft Registration card. The middle initials of the entire Bastian family are noted in the 1900 census, the only time that this takes place in census records.


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"Forest Brook", Glenn F. Bastian, 8" x 10", oil on canvas board



    Mr. Bastian applied for a passport in 1924 noting his intention to travel to England, France, and Germany, by way of Montreal on the ship Metagamea departing on 24 July 1924. His trip was expected to last 5 or 6 months. He was living in Gary, Indiana at the time and gave his occupation as "Banker" on his passport application. An associate, Mearl Kitchen, witnessed the application noting that his occupation was bank teller and that he had known Mr. Bastian for 12 years. Bastian was employed by the First National Bank of Gary, Indiana.
Bastian's mother passed away on 24 December 1920 in Gary, Indiana according to the application. Glenn's father, James Bastian, testified to his son's intention to travel and to his identity, as no formal birth certificate was issued when his son was born. I am including the poor passport photo that accompanied his application. Mr. Bastian did not marry and was in his father's home up until at least 1930. According to his nephew's widow, either as a result of the war or sometime afterward, he contracted tuberculosis and was treated at the Hines VA Hospital in Hines, IL. He was released from the hospital about 1934, the year his nephew was married, and returned to his home in Glen Park, Indiana. This account may indicate that Mr. Bastian had more than one bout with tuberculosis or his release was much earlier than she remembered. According to one collector of Bastian's paintings, Mr. Bastian worked for the Indiana Department of Welfare in the 1930s. I have not been able to confirm this. About 1937 Bastian wanted to make a trip to Mexico and his nephew and wife moved into his home for two months.



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Glenn F. Bastian's passport photo, 1924

 

    If Mr. Bastian received additional artistic training after his stays in the asylums is not known. There is a notation on one of his paintings that reads "Painted in England, 8-24, 'Oea Danking, England, G. F. Bastian", so he was apparently making painting trips to Europe, though apparently not making his living as an artist. He may also have studied in Europe in the 1920s. Bastian is mentioned as a "well known Gary artist" in the 18 June 1935 edition of the "Hammond Times". He had been a judge in a local art competition. The 23 November 1935 edition of the "Hammond Times" reported that Bastian's paintings were awarded as prizes to high scorers at each table at a card and bunco party held by the Lake Lodge Eastern Star. The article also noted that Bastian was a "World War" veteran of Gary.  The following excerpt from an article appeared in the Hammond Times on 26 January 1937, under the heading Highland (Indiana):

"Several pictures, painted by Glen Bastian of Glen Park, were on display throughout the meeting. Scenes and flowers in singles, pairs, and triplixates in gold or silver frames are on hand at this time. They are beautifully done an are an added attraction to any home. Mr. Bastian is an ex-service man."


The meeting referred to above was the January meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary. Again, on 8 February 1937, Bastian is mentioned in the Hammond Times, when his paintings were given as prizes at the Crown Point American Legion Auxiliary meeting. He is listed in Polks Gary (Lake County, Indiana) Directory as an artist in 1937, 1939, 1941, and 1945 and as a "Commercial Artist" in 1950. The 1937 entry also has the notation "art school" under his name, so he may have been teaching art, as well. His WWII draft registration card, dated 1942, shows him as a resident of Gary, Lake County, Indiana and his occupation as “artwork”.
His address was given as 4458 Carolina St. in all of the records of his residence in Gary, Indiana from 1930 on. The 14 February 1950 issue of the Valparaiso, Indiana Vidette-Messenger noted that Glen Bastian of Gas City "supplies" merchandise for the Legion Auxiliary Post No. 170 "service sales". The 1950 Polks Directory of Grant County lists John W. Adams as "artist hlpr Glenn F. Bastian". Glenn seems to have been continuously active as an artist from at least the 1920s through the early 1960s, living in Gary until his move to Gas City in the late 1940s, though he may have continued to maintain some presence in Gary, for a few years, at the same time. A story about Bastian's Gas City home appeared in the 3 December 1948 edition of the Gas City Journal.


Bastian Seaside Home

"Seaside home", Glenn F. Bastian, 8" x 10", oil


    Bastian worked primarily in oils doing florals, landscapes and cottage scenes, and also created many pictures of birds made of feathers with accompanying floral decoration in oils. His works range from miniatures on card stock a few inches square to large oils on canvas up to three feet by four feet. His work is typically well done and consistent in quality. He may have created his own frames as well, as many seem to be hand carved.


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"Autumn" and "Cottage and garden", Glenn F. Bastian, each 5" x 7", oils


   
The three paintings above came from the same dealer, and were in identical period frames, and Bastian probably sold these small paintings as a set. I have seen several examples of pairs of his paintings, but this is the first set of three I have seen. Mr. Bastian traveled to Mexico to collect the feathers for his bird pictures. Some of these birds are now extinct. In addition to the oils shown here, I also have two of his feather  pictures, which are beautifully done. One is in a very nice hand carved frame. I have encountered a couple of folks who collect these bird feather works. They show up from time to time in thrift shops in the Mid West, so he must have created many of them. Bastian often stamped the backs of his paintings with his name. I have not been able to take a picture of the landscape oil, "Fall landscape", shown first, that does it justice. It is a much brighter and richer painting than my image shows. The painting below is one of his larger oils and also from my collection. I have only seen one painting by GFB larger than this. The larger painting was a very fine Indiana dunes painting.


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unnamed, Glenn F. Bastian, 24" x 36", oil


    Bastian is listed in Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide. I have been told that a museum in Valparaiso, Indiana has a large collection of his works, which they value quite highly. This is apparently not the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, as the curator there told me that they do not have any of his work in their collection and, at that time, had never heard of him. Bastian's work are part of the permanent collection of the Gas City Museum in Gas City, Indiana.


Bastian Spanish House

Glenn Bastian Spanish House



Bastian Spanish House
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Spanish House Interior

    Later in life, Mr. Bastian had a home in Gas City, Indiana known as the Bastian Spanish House, as he built it using Spanish style architecture. He lived on the second floor of this home and used the first floor as his studio. He was a well known resident of Gas City. My grandmother was a Bastian, which in part accounts for my interest in his work, though I do also find him to be an interesting character, and enjoy his work.
   



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"Autumn Bouquet" and "Spring Bouquet", Glenn F. Bastian, each 8" x 10", oil on board

    These floral paintings are typical of Mr. Bastian's smaller works. I suspect that he may have sold such works through department stores or perhaps the "five and dime" stores that were popular when he was active as an artist.


Bastian Mausoleum

Bastian Mausoleum


    Mr. Bastian died in November 1966 in Gas City, Indiana and was buried in a mausoleum of his own design.



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unnamed, Francis Focer Brown, 11" x 14", pastel, ca 1918

    Francis Focer Brown was born in Glassboro, New Jersey on 19 January 1891. As a young artist he studied with J.Otis Adams, William Forsyth, and at the John Herron Art Institute. He attended the Herron Art School in Indianapolis, Ball State Teachers College (BS) and Ohio State University from which he received a Master of Arts Degree. He was a professor and Head of the Fine Arts Department at Ball State Teacher's College in Muncie, Indiana from 1925-1957 as well as the first Director of the Muncie Art Museum.




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unnamed, Francis Focer Brown, 11" x 14", pastel


    The first two paintings above are done in pastels and the third painting, below, is done in pastel crayon. All three paintings bear the estate stamp from Brown's estate sale, but only two are signed. The painting below is closest to the Fauvist style that Brown was best known for. I suspect that all of three of these paintings came from one of his sketch books, since all were estimated as being done in 1918. I am not a big fan of the Fauvist style and like the first two the most. Brown's wife, Beulah, was also and artist and allergic to oil paints, which is why Brown is said to have often painted in other mediums.




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unnamed, Francis Focer Brown, 11" x 14", pastel, ca 1918

  

    His work was exhibited frequently at the Hoosier Salon Indiana Artists Annual, Herron Art Museum, Ball State College, Indiana State Fair, Indiana Art Club, the Richmond Art Association, 1922 (prize); John Herron AI, 1922 (prize); Hoosier Salon, 1922-45 (awards); Cleveland Museum of Art, 1922-25; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1922, 1923, and others. He was a member of the Indiana Art Club and Hoosier Salon. He worked at the John Herron Art Institute, Ball State Teachers College, Richmond Art Association, and in various schools and libraries in Indiana.


unnamed Francis Focer Brown

unnamed, Francis Focer Brown, 16" x 14", egg tempura and casein


    Brown is mentioned in Mallett's Index of Artists, Falk's Who Was Who in American Art, various editions of Who's Who in American Art, Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide, Fielding's Dictionary of  American Painters Sculptors and Engravers, and other reference books. Brown died in April 1971 in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana.




Francis
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unnamed, Bruce A. Hume, 7.5" x 9.5", oil

    Bruce A. Hume was born 8 April 1933 and died 2 February 2002 in Brownsburg, Indiana. He was a tool and gauge inspector for General Motors for 30 years before retiring in 1981 to become a self employed artist. All three of these paintings date from around the mid 1980s. Hume was largely self taught as an artist according to his widow, who wrote me a very nice letter.



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unnamed, Bruce A. Hume, 9.5" x 7.5", oil on canvas


    I have found records that show Hume traveled to art fairs and exhibitions in Indiana and Central Illinois in the 1980s through about 2001.
In one record he was identified as being from Brown County, Indiana, though that is not accurate. Hume won the first "Best of Show" prize ever awarded at the annual Celebration of Nature Art Show in Indianapolis, Indiana in December 2001, shortly before his death. The painting was titled "Early Snow" a rural scene, and the prize was awarded by the Indiana Wildlife Artists.
    Hume's work is starting to appear at estate sales and second hand shops in Illinois and Indiana. He seemed to lean toward Fall and Winter scenes, judging by the work that I have seen so far. I like the colors and texture of his work.
    Hume's obituary appeared in the Indianapolis Star on 3 February 2002:

Bruce A. Hume, 68, Brownsburg, died Feb 2. He was a tool and gauge inspector 30 years for Allison Transmission Division of General Motors Corp., retiring in 1981. He was a member of Kingsway Christian Church. He was a self-employed artist for 20 years. Memorial contributions may be made to Chapel Rock Christian Church or Leukemia Society of America. Services: 11:30 AM Feb 5 in Conkle Funeral Home, Hendricks County Chapel at Avon, with calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4. Burial: West Ridge Park Cemetery. Survivors: wife Linda Curtis Hume; sons Brently, Barton Hume; stepdaughters Tammy Opp, Carrie Koch; brothers Joe, John Hume, seven grandchildren; a great grandchild.











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  unnamed nudes, Antoine de Villiers, 7" x 5", pastel on canvas board.

    South African artist, Antoine de Villiers, now transplanted to Indiana. I like many of her works, even though I am a color junkie, as you may have guessed by the previous paintings in my collection. Ms. de Villiers works a lot with nudes and shadows. She describes her style as "My own", and I have to agree. Check out her website!





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